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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 24, 2011 9:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Mando or others into bluegrass

Yet sadly, my son says Del McCoury sounds like "Steve Urkel passing a stone."

Thanks for this list! I love bluegrass, but definitely didn't know all of those. Btw, not on the archives, but I've been listening lately to singer/clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn (of Uncle Earl). She has some neat work rooted in a haunting, envelope-pushing combination of old time, bluegrass, and Chinese music (she's lived in China) -- both solo and as part of Sparrow Quartet, with Bela Fleck, Casey Driessen, and cellist Ben Sollee. (I think she may be married now to Bela Fleck.) Cool stuff, worth checking out.

Incidentally, I don't agree with my son on Del McCoury. (Oh, OK, maybe there's a germ of truth in it ...) But it does have an unexpected side benefit:

Me: So, what do you want me to put on? Hmmm, lots of bluegrass here ...

Kiddo: Noooo! Please, GRATEFUL DEAD!

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jan 25, 2011 1:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Mando or others into bluegrass

Del is one of the living who can actually help someone understand the "high lonesome sound" Mr. Monroe defines. Still I'll take Mr. Monroe's example of the High Lonesome sound and let Del Sound as much like a "Bluegrass Donna" as he wants to...he'll stay on pitch.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 25, 2011 12:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Mando or others into bluegrass

I really love Del. What's wonderful about the Archive is being able to sample performances across decades. He's pretty much kept the same aw-shucks banter going over the years - 'well I just about remembered the chords for that one', 'we haven't played that in a while, folks', 'maybe we'll get around to that one' - when you just know they've rehearsed and perfected everything right down to the tips of their immaculate fingernails.

Uncle Earl was an early non-Dead discovery on the Archive - don't listen to them that much but always enjoy it when I do. I haven't explored Abigail Washburn's solo career but it really sounds like I ought to very soon. Fellow Gerl Kristin Andreassen was burrowed deep in my brain with this one for a while:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EELEjeYzfjM